Sleep under the stars and awake in the midst of a canopied forest. That describes the serenity of Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Staying indoors is the last thing you should do while staying here. Peaceful surroundings allow for one of the most relaxing vacations, and to help you plan your Shenandoah Valley vacation, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do here.
Top Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley
- Shenandoah National Park
Flowing streams, massive trees, and prancing wildlife come to life in this sprawling park. With 500 hiking trails, there is no right way to visit the nature grounds. Bring a camera to capture pictures of a lifetime.
- Jefferson’s Monticello
The estate originally belonging to Thomas Jefferson now serves as a museum. Take a peek into the mind of one of our Founding Fathers by touring the house and plantation grounds.
- Zip Line Tour
Glide through the mountains and if you dare to look down, take in the wonder that surrounds you. The zip line can go up to speeds of 40 miles per hour giving the rider a sense of flying.
Discover the history-filled lands of Shenandoah. Many civil war battles were fought over the land that was considered the “breadbasket” of the South because of the plentiful grains harvested here. It was also strategically located between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.
- Potato Chips
Each and every chip at Route 11 Potato Chips is homemade, giving this place the right to boast that their chips are the best. Flavors range from Chesapeake Crab to Sweet Potato Chips. Come try some for yourself.
- Luray Caverns
With all the beauty above ground in the Shenandoah Valley, it would be silly to waste time underground, right? That is not the case at all. The Luray Caverns have a majestic feel that can only be understood when seeing them firsthand. Don’t miss the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which is the largest instrument in the world.
- Horseback riding
Saddle up and ride down some of Shenandoah Valley’s beautiful trails on excursions originating on resort property. The Shenandoah Crossing Equestrian Center offers a full “range” of other activities as well, from pony rides for children to beginner horsemanship classes to horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides.
Two of America’s most decorated regional micro-breweries are short distances from the resort. Enjoy tours, tasting room experiences and even live music at Starr Hill Brewery or one of two Devils Backbone Brewing Company locations—one of which offers a full restaurant menu as tempting as the brew selections.
There are many wineries to choose from up and down the Valley. Start by seeing the vineyards and learning about the winemaking process. End the tours by tasting the pride of the winery.